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Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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2 reviews
0 stars
We went to a matinee and bought lunch on the Plaza. Not inexpensive, but tasty and convenient.
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1 stars
Traffic on 101 getting there was HORRIBLE, it took us 2 1/2 hours bumper to bumper the whole way. Made mistake of merging on to 110 and got off at 4th. Next time we will stay on 101 and get off at Temple.
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"The Light in the Piazza"
409 ratings
3.8 average rating
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189 events
161 reviews
38 stars
attended Nov 03 2006

This was a must-miss performance. I fell asleep through part of it. I'ts interesting, I attend alot of events and the least impressive often are at the Music Center. Some of the best have been in little theaters around town that I never heard...continued

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67 events
36 reviews
7 stars
attended Nov 19 2006

It was okay. NOthing to write home about.

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Donovan Craig Red Velvet
48 events
31 reviews
29 stars
attended Nov 18 2006

Old story with fresh actors, great music and songs. All the actors did a fabulous job especially tenor David Burnham. It couldn't have been better.

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Quotes & Highlights

“A must-see! The production is breathtaking.” —New York Magazine
“A great new musical that touches the heart and lifts the soul.”_ -New York Observer_
“The most romantic score of any Broadway musical.” _-The New York Times_


Direct from Broadway and the winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Score, The Light in the Piazza is the romantic new musical that brings together the talents of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas in an adaptation of Elizabeth Spencer’s charming novella, directed by Bartlett Sher.

This lush, dreamy musical finds Margaret Johnson on vacation in the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara, and Clara’s unexpected encounter with a handsome Florentine named Fabrizio. In Italy, true love and marriage abound in this contemporary, witty and elegant production.

Elizabeth Spencer’s first book, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948 and her most recent, The Southern Woman, in 2001.

The Light in the Piazza, the first work to bring her widespread acclaim, was published in The New Yorker (which devoted an entire issue to its publication) and then was released as a novel in 1960. In adapting it to the stage, Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless) has distilled the novella to relate a poignant tale of two unusual young people who fall in love and to explore the essence of love itself.

The score by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins, Saturn Returns) is romantic and passionate. He has written music and lyrics that reveal the feelings of all of the characters in The Light in the Piazza in soaring melodies.